Home Health Aides (HHA) make a big difference in the lives of the elderly, sick, and disabled on a daily basis. HHA assist with personal tasks such as dressing and bathing, and helping to keep homes safe and clean. With the help of a Home Health Aide, these elderly, sick, and disabled people are able to enjoy live better and feel safer. Other jobs duties that HHAs perform may include arranging leisure activities and transportation for clients so that they can remain engaged in their communities. Some states also allow home health aides to administer medication or check vital signs under the supervision of a healthcare practitioner. The opportunity to improve the quality of life for those in need through hands-on care and contact is rare indeed, particularly with the low educational threshold required to enter this rewarding field of work.
Home Health Aide Work Environment
Home Health Aides provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. HHAs monitor or report changes in health status. The may also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.
Working as a home health aide (HHA) does not always mean working in a private home. Clients may reside in retirement communities, assisted living facilities, group homes, or other transitional housing. Regardless of where they work, most HHAs care for a single client at a time, but may have several clients to visit in one day. They are usually supervised by a patient’s healthcare provider and sometimes by a patient’s family members. Case length may vary from a few weeks to many years. Shift work is sometimes necessary.
Education and Training Requirements for HHA
There is no standardized educational requirement for HHAs. States requirements are different. In some states, not even a high school diploma or equivalent is required. Other states require HHAs to take preparation classes offered at community colleges or vocational/trade schools before they begin working.
HHAs are taught by other HHAs, healthcare professionals, or family members, and learn their skills on the job. Each client has unique needs, so HHAs may have to train for a few hours or several days, depending on the complexity of the case. Employers such as government-certified home care agencies provide training classes and require employees to pass a test before starting their first assignment.
Licensing and Certification
HHAs do not hold licenses. Most employers will hire HHAs that are certified. The certification process requires passing an exam after 75 hours of training and skills testing; more about the certification process can be found at the NAHC National Association for Home Care and Hospice)
Home Health Aid Day and Evening Classes in Florida
75 Clock Hours - Average Completion Time of 8 Weeks
Home Health Aide program at Medical Institute of Palm Beach Inc. is designed for the entry-level Home Health Aide who will be employed by agencies to work in the patient’s homes. The students will be trained to provide consistent quality care for patients in their home setting.
The program will introduce the responsibilities of the Home Health Aide ethical and legal issues, communication, documentation, safety, OSHA, infectious diseases, restorative care, vital signs, nutrition, transfer techniques and issues of death and dying. The student will be introduced to the basics of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology as it relates to each body system.
The classes are available in day and evening time. Bilingual instruction is also available.
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